As the local branch of the Salvation Army, 457 N. Market St., prepares to kick off a weeklong celebration of its volunteers, it also will hold events and activities to serve and provide for the community.
This is the first year Salvation Army Week will be celebrated locally, and although it doesn't officially begin until May 12, the local effort will get a jump-start Saturday with a food drive.
"We're excited about that," said Anthony Perrotta, public relations and fund development director for the Williamsport Corps. "As you can see, we have a number of things going on."
The food drive will give area residents the opportunity to donate without ever leaving their homes. Nonperishable food items that are placed on porches Saturday will be picked up by the postal service, Salvation Army and American Rescue Workers throughout the day.
The next event will offer two programs at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday to explain how residents can "make a difference." Those wanting to attend are asked to register with Perrotta by today at 326-9187.
Sunbeams and Girl Guards will continue the celebration Wednesday as they will visit residents of Manor Care South Nursing Home.
The Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary will hold its annual spring salad luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday. Perrotta said there are about 25 auxiliary members and more always are being sought.
May 19 will see the celebrate conclude as the organization will recognize its advisory board during its 11 a.m. service. Perrotta said the board is important to the organization because "they give the three T's: time, talents and treasures."
Recognizing all who volunteer in the community is needed, Perrotta said, because of all they give throughout the year.
"It's important because we couldn't do anything without the support of the community," he said.
The community always is "generous" to the Salvation Army, which Perrotta described as "a place to come for those in need."
And continued support will be needed as it works toward helping the community in difficult times.
"This day and age, no one can do it alone anymore," Perrotta said. "We feel like we are one of the helping hands in the community."
While the official celebration will end May 19, the organization will host various food collections throughout the month to help the community.
And as a community, Perrota said, "It's important that we all work together to meet those needs."